Waterford crystals installed high above Times Square

The iconic New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop is just days away and final preparations were being made to the world famous Waterford crystal ball on Tuesday, December 27th.

Workers installed the last of the 288 new sparkling Waterford crystal triangles. The new crystal triangles feature a new design for 2017 called the "Gift of Kindness".

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Workers install Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

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Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Years Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness test the air worthiness of the New Years Eve confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee on December 29, 2016 in New York City.

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Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 - Philips Ball Test at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

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Master Artisan of Waterford Crystal Tom Brennan holds up a piece of a Waterford Crystal panel that will be installed on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

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The Waterford Crystal Podium is pictured during a press conference before the installation of the Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

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Technicians install tiles in the Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford Crystal Ball during the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

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Workers install Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

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Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy attend the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017 Press Junket at Times Square, Broadway Plaza on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

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Workers prepare the new year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 26, 2016. Photo taken December 26, 2016.

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A worker installs Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

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(L-R) President of Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve Tim Tompkins, Waterford Crystal Master Artisan Tom Brennan, and Co-Founder of Global Citizen Simon Moss introduce the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

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Police patrol Times Square on December 30, 2016, as New York City prepares to welcome nearly two million people for the New Year's Eve celebrations.

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Workers place the number 7 into the numerals under the Times Square Ball ahead of 2017 New Year's celebrations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 26, 2016.

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Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 - Philips Ball Test at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Workers install Waterford Crystal triangles on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on the roof of One Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. December 27, 2016.

(REUTERS/Darren Ornitz)

The Waterford crystal ball lit by Phillips on display before the Philips Ball Test during the runup to Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

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(L-R) President of Countdown Entertainment and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve Jeffrey Straus, President of Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve Tim Tompkins, and Waterford Crystal Master Artisan Tom Brennan introduce the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Technicians install tiles in the Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford Crystal Ball during the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A large number 17 arrives for Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations in New York City, NY, U.S. December 15, 2016.

(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Technicians install tiles in the Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford Crystal Ball during the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A large number 17 arrives for Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations in New York City, NY, U.S. December 15, 2016.

(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

President of Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve Tim Tompkins (L) and Waterford Crystal Master Artisan Tom Brennan introduce the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Technicians install tiles in the Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford Crystal Ball during the Waterford Crystal Installation for Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 27, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

New Year's Eve numerals, '1' and '7' arrive at Times Square on December 15, 2016 in New York City.

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The numerals '17' arrive in Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, December 15, 2016 in New York City. The '17' numerals will be part of the '2017' sign that will light up light up above Times Square at midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year.

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Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 - Philips Ball Test at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City. (

Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

A police officers patrol Times Square on December 30, 2016, as New York City prepares to welcome nearly two million people for the New Year's Eve celebrations.

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The Waterford 'Gift of Kindness' crystal podium on display before the Philips Ball Test during the runup to Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

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Tim Topkins, President Times Square Alliiance, Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas and Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment and the Waterford crystal ball lit by Phillips on display before the Philips Ball Test during the runup to Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 at One Times Square on December 30, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Years Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness test the air worthiness of the New Years Eve confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee on December 29, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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"The Waterford theme of the 'Gift of Kindness' is really perfect for this year. Because I think 2016 has been a tough year and it always hasn't been kind. Just the larger events in the world. Things like Brexit, our divisive presidential election, debates in Europe about what to do with refugees. It's been a tough year. So the theme of kindness on the small scale and on the large scale is really important," Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance explained.

The "Gift of Kindness" theme is meant to symbolize unity in 2017.

"That is the theme of New Year's Eve. It's the theme of the Waterford crystals. It's the theme of this globe behind me and hopefully the theme of the globe in 2017," Tompkins added.

The custom-designed crystal triangles are built by Waterford artisans to withstand high winds, rain and cold weather.

The Times Square New Year's Eve Waterford crystal ball measures 12 feet in diameter and weights 11,875 pounds. It is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles. Of those, 288 will sparkle with the new "Gift of Kindness" design.

On New Year's Eve in New York, more than a million people are expected to gather together in Times Square to hail the arrival of 2017.

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